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Tamil Nadu: Students file petition for fresh MBBS counselling; HC issues notice to MCI, State

Tamil Nadu: Students file petition for fresh MBBS counselling; HC issues notice to MCI, State

Madurai: The Madras High Court has recently sent notice to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the State government to respond to a batch of petitions seeking fresh MBBS and BDS counselling for 2019-20 admissions.

The plea sought to quash the counselling for both, management and government quota which was conducted on July 15 and July 8 respectively and conduct the counselling once again, after eliminating the names of non-native candidates in the rank list.

The matter originated after four medical aspirants challenged the rank list published for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in the state. The petitioners submitted that the prospectus of the government quota mandates that candidates should be native of Tamil Nadu and several categories have also been stated to define the nativity of the candidate.

However, the prospectus issued for the management quota has no mention about the nativity of the candidates, which would allow the entry of candidates from other states. Mentioning that this would affect the government’s policy to accommodate native students in different medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, the petitioners pointed out that the domicile preference should be extended to the management quota as well.

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The petitioners stated that 15% (506 seats) were reserved under All-India quota of the 3,250 medical seats in 23 medical colleges in the state. The plea was backed by facts wherein it was stated that 2,744 seats are available under government quota in government colleges. The government quota in private colleges is 977 seats of which 562 are filled up by the management and 269 allotted for NRIs. If the NRI seats are not filled up, then the seats will be returned back to management quota as per rules, reports TOI.

They further cited that during 2017, many candidates from other States participated in medical counselling and got seats from the 85 per cent domicile allotment, thereby affecting the opportunities of home state students.

Presenting before the Madhurai bench of Madras High Court, the petitioners sought to cancel the medical counselling for both management as well as government quota and conduct a fresh counselling by eliminating the names of the non-native candidates in the rank list.

Hearing the plea, Justice R. Suresh Kumar issued notices to Secretary of Medical Council of India, State Health Secretary, Selection Committee of Medical Education Directorate and adjourned the hearing to July 22, reports The New Indian Express.

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